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Visual Communications (VC) is the first non-profit organization in the nation dedicated to the honest and accurate portrayals of the Asian Pacific American peoples, communities and heritage through the media arts. The Visual Communications Archives is the repository for the records generated by and related to the history of Visual Communications. Its purpose is to document the history of the organization by  organizing, preserving, and creating access to primary materials for staff use, as well as by scholars who are interested in Visual Communications’ role in the Asian American communities  and history.

The Visual Communications Archives is recognized as one of the nation’s most comprehensive repositories of 20th Century Asian Pacific American history with unique holdings in historical still and moving images and oral histories. The holdings include over 300,000 photographic images, 1,500 titles in the Media Resource Library, 100 films and videos produced by Visual Communications, and over 1,000 hours of oral histories. The VC Archives is unique due to the diversity of its collections in pan-Asian content, a variety of formats and subjects, and the number of items that are under VC ownership.

The Visual Communications collective documented various Asian American social movements and communities in California. Members of Visual Communications not only captured the impassioned times of the movement; their work became an innovative and natural part of the movement. Films and videos were used for education and organizing work around setting up ethnic studies programs on local campuses, city redevelopment issues, the redress campaign for Japanese Americans interned during World War II, and the declaration of martial law in the Philippines. VC’s own past in all media, narrative films, documentaries and educational projects are intertwined with the Asian Pacific American movements of the 1970s, and in itself represents a rich resource for researchers of the Asian Pacific American movements.


The collections’ focus on Asian Pacific communities here in the U.S., though specific, affirms a culturally pluralistic view of American society. This view resides in the heart of VC’s mission — to promote intercultural understanding through the preservation of our cultures, communities, and histories in America. To date, VC materials have been used in numerous films, videos, educational materials, publications, and major photographic exhibits across the U.S.


Contact Information:

Visual Communications
120 Judge John Aiso St, Basement Level
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213 680 4462
Fax: 213 687 4848

Access to the VC Archives and Media Resource Library is available by appointment. Please contact Helen Kim, Archivist at 213-680-4462 x27 or helen@vconline.org.

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by Kawasaki, Akira
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Note: Black from 00:25:12 - 00:25:27.Description: Home movie of pre-World War II Los Angeles, including the Little Tokyo neighborhood in Downtown Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Harbor. Footage documents Downtown Los Angeles night traffic, the annual Nisei Week Parade in Little Tokyo, ships at the harbor, and construction. This internegative was obtained through a restoration process performed on the original 1930s 16mm film.Source: 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mmRights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned...
Topics: californialightandsound, Japanese Americans--California--History, Emigration and Immigration, Los...
Visual Communications
by Cayetano, George
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Note: Black and white footage in part 5 from 00:08:00 - 00:10:00.Description: These 16mm reels from the 1950s are Kodachrome home movies of a Filipino American family in California and Hawai'i. Footage was taken by George Cayetano. Footage includes arrival of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, Former President and First Lady of the Philippines, at Hickam Field in Honolulu, Hawai'i. Footage also covers the Filipino-American farming community in Delano, California, documenting farming life, community...
Topics: californialightandsound, California, Kodachrome, Marcos, Imelda Romualdez, 1929-, Marcos, Ferdinand...
Visual Communications
by Daniels, Paula
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Note: part 1: Image begins at 00:00:11, audio tone until 00:00:43. part 2: Audio plays over color bars until 00:00:29. part 3: Audio plays over color bars until 00:00:41. part 4: Audio plays over color bars until 00:00:44. part 5: Audio plays over color bars until 00:00:43. Left channel audio only from 00:18:07 to end.Description: This footage is an oral history of Susan Ahn Cuddy, who was born in Los Angeles and the first Korean American woman in the U.S. Navy. he is the daughter of Dosan...
Topics: californialightandsound, Asian Americans--History, An, Chang-ho, 1878-1938, Korean Americans...
Visual Communications
by Ohashi, Alan
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Note: Faded to red.Description: 1977 film about the changing landscape of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Produced during a volatile period in which community re-development initiatives in most U.S. urban centers threatened the unique community fabric of various ethnic communities, CHINATOWN: PORTRAIT OF A WORKING COMMUNITY juxtaposes the vivacity of the people, businesses and community institutions of one of California’s first and arguably, largest Chinatowns against the violent closure, in...
Topics: californialightandsound, Documentary, Chinatown (San Francisco, Calif.), City planning,...
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by Visual Communications
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Note: Part 1 has no content from 00:14:55 - 00:15:15. Part 2 has left channel audio only, and break-up in the last few minutes due to deterioration of the original recording. Part 3 R channel audio drops out in last few minutes. Part 4 related content begins at 00:16:25. Break-up in last few minutes due to deterioration of the original recording.Description: On-the-ground raw footage and interviews taken in Koreatown four days after the LA Riots. Includes interviews of passerby, and Ruben...
Topics: californialightandsound, African Americans--Relations with Korean Americans, Asian Americans--Civil...
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Description: This oral history is of Colonel Young Oak Kim, a highly decorated World War II veteran. He was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the Bunker Hill area of Downtown. He and his family were one of the first Korean families in Los Angeles. During WWII, he fought with the 100th Infantry Battalion, a segregated unit of Japanese Americans from Hawaii. He was the only non-Japanese American. He later rejoined the army to fight in the Korean War. Kim was the Asian American to command a...
Topics: californialightandsound, Korean Americans, World War II, Go for Broke National Veterans Association...
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Visual Communications
by Bikichky, Andrew; Halili, Caroline
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Note: Time code display box recorded in. Part 1 program begins at 00:00:45, no audio until 00:01:15. Part 5 audio drops out from 00:41:44 to 00:42:18.Description: Raw footage of interviews for the Forgotten Heroes documentary about Filipino American WWII veterans that was not completed. These veterans were drafted into the United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) under General MacArthur. Interviews include stories about war (Bataan Death March), immigrating to the United States,...
Topics: californialightandsound, United States. Army. Forces, Far East, Bataan Death March, Philippines,...
Visual Communications
by Kanegai, George; Usui, Mits
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Additional Title:: Saga of the MISDescription: These oral histories are recordings of a panel featuring Japanese American World War II veterans who served in the Military Intelligence Service, the army’s unit of Japanese Americans that provided translation and interrogation services. Speakers talk about their experiences that range from family life, Pearl Harbor, being incarcerated in the internment camps, joining the military, training for the Military Intelligence Service, and serving in...
Topics: californialightandsound, Japanese American soldiers, Military Intelligence Service, United States....
Source: 4 Tapes of 4: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Note: Audio levels vary as in original recording.Description: Radio drama about Filipino farmworkers' struggles leading to organizing and striking in 1930s California.Note on original container: Tape 1: Parts 1 & 2 Tape 2: Parts 3 & 4 Tape 3: Parts 5 & 6 Tape 4: Part 7Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Visual Communications. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner....
Topics: californialightandsound, Agricultural laborers--California--1930-1940, Filipino Americans,...
Source: 4 Tapes of 4: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Note: Silence from 00:20:46 to 00:21:34. Program ends at 00:40:10 and then room tone until end.Additional Title: Interview about WAAC/WAC ExperienceDescription: Pat Bond, actress, talks about her experiences in the Women's Army Corps as a lesbian in 1945 -- why she joined, the difficulties of being queer in the military (and subsequent witch hunt), how her attitudes towards the army and government changed, and how she wanted to join the Communist movement in San Francisco.Rights: Copyrighted....
Topics: californialightandsound, Bond, Pat, Gay military personnel, Women soldiers, World War II, Gay...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Additional Title: Community Day, Downtown L.A.Description: Footage of the first community health day held for residents in the Downtown Los Angeles area (specifically Weller Court in Little Tokyo). This recording documents one of the first community health days community organizers and nonprofit workers held in the area. Note on original container: ID# 002019, PFC# 1428-15270-593671 Source: 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mmRights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Visual Communications. Transmission or...
Topics: californialightandsound, Asian Americans--Social conditions, Community organization--California,...
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Note: Left channel is lower than right channel throughout, as in original recording. Left channel is especially low in part 2. Program ends abruptly.Description: Talks about picture brides; how orphanage he founded (Shonien Japanese Children's Home) started originally as childcare for parents who had to work. He bought 3 acres in Inglewood; previously Japanese immigrants couldn't buy property; the Japanese American community helped each other.Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Visual...
Topics: californialightandsound, Immigration and society, Immigrants--California--Influence, Japanese...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Note: Part 2 ends abruptly, continued in part 3. Part 3 ends abruptly, continued in part 4. Part 4 has some audio issues at the beginning, from original recording, and ends abruptly.Description: Presidential candidate and civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson program at the Japan America Theater in Little Tokyo. Jesse Jackson was the first presidential candidate to visit Little Tokyo, and his Rainbow Coalition inspired many minorities and community activists in California to support him....
Topics: californialightandsound, Jackson, Jesse, 1941-, National Rainbow Coalition (U.S.), Presidential...
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Note: Time code box recorded in. Part 2 has L channel audio only from start - 14:51, and no audio from 29:25 - end. Part 4 audio is very low (inaudible) from 00:18:00 - end.Additional Title: Raw footage for Behind the Curtain: Asian American Performing ArtsDescription: Raw footage of Video interviews about East West Players and Great Leap for documentary "Behind the Curtain: Asian Pacific Performing Arts." Interviewees include Timothy Dang, director; as well as Nobuko Miyamoto,...
Topics: californialightandsound, Miyamoto, Nobuko, 1939-, Takei, George, 1937-, Dang, Timothy, Quo, Beulah,...
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by Visual Communications
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Note: In Part 2, program ends at 00:08:48. In Part 4 program begins at 00:00:40 after some answering machine messages and audio is in the left channel only as in original recording. Part 5 audio levels are very low, as in original recording, very difficult to hear.Description: These interviews of California strawberry farmers were part of a multimedia project for an exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum. Circa 1990sNote on original container: Tape 1: Paul Murata Tape 2: Manabe Tape...
Topics: californialightandsound, Strawberry industry--California, Japanese American farmers--California,...
Source: 3 Tapes of 3: 1/8 inch audio cassette